Why did I bother? Well, primarily it surprised the hell out of me that this person asked for a critique on this piece at all. It's more or less an unedited screenshot of Second Life, which I'll say more about later. But even by the dubious standards by which one judges screenshots, it was awful: the characters in the screenshot were distorted, they weren't placed in a position appropriate for the screen, and the people were not framed against a background that made any sense. Maybe it was on that basis that I felt compelled to respond: not only was it a screenshot (plus perhaps a minute worth of edits), it was a BAD screenshot.
Or maybe I just got fed up with that sort of shit. I wouldn't comment on such a thing, because I think there's a lot of shit like that out there and if I commented on every single one, I'd be spending far too much time commenting when I could be looking at art where people took a reasonable effort to make the piece theirs. But when someone wastes their Premium Membership on posting crappy misogynistic screenshots from Second Life and then has the chutzpah to ask for a critique, well, maybe I felt compelled to unload. (I will note that I did my damned best to be constructive and restrained.)
Or maybe it was because I hoped to influence someone. I mean, I started this whole DeviantArt process working with screenshots, using them as references and starting with very literal and faithful renditions of those screenshots. The key for me is that I moved on—I was never satisfied with just posting screenshots and as I developed I felt that I needed to put more and more of myself into them. The result now is that I rarely use screenshots and if I do, its less about making a faithful rendition than guiding me as to what the person would like. I don't think there's anything wrong with starting with screenshots, but I'd want to move on from them before I purchased a premium membership and certainly before I requested a damned critique.
But more likely it was because I got fed up with that sort of shit. The screenshot in question is a prototypical example of a misogynistic submission far too typical of what I see in that damned group—a man hypnotizing a woman (typically with oversized breasts) to do his bidding. This aspect of the screenshot I didn't mention, because I didn't think it was constructive. But if my critique is going to be labeled as non-constructive anyway, I may as well point this out—I imagine this guy sitting in his basement wishing he had the power to control women, proud of himself in creating these screenshots. It's not clever. It's the sort of thing that turns off any sensible woman (and any sensible man). I sometimes worry that my own drawings tread too far in that direction (it's never my intent), but this? This is nothing _but_ objectification.
Looking back on it, I have no doubt that this guy is a grade A misogynistic and chauvinistic asshole. I am wondering why I expected such a person to even bother reading a negative critique.